The Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush is a new, limited edition Tarte Holiday 2016 gift set that includes four shades of Tarte’s popular blush.
I always look forward to the Tarte Holiday Blush Sets as sometimes they include some truly unique shades and it’s also a great way to get more for mess.
Take a look at my review of the Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush below!
The Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush is $35 and includes four shades that are 0.04 oz each for a total of 0.20 oz of product. Amazonian Clay Blushes are $28 and 0.20 oz for a single shade so, this set isn’t exactly a value set per say but it is a set that gets you variety. It’s almost as if you are purchasing four smaller sizes for the price of one color plus you do get a brush with this set. The brush was disappointing in my opinion or at least disappointing for blush application. The bristles are soft, the handle sturdy, but it’s a bit too floppy for use with these blush or any blush really. It would make a mighty fine powder or even highlighter brush but not a blush one.
I typically like and look forward to the Holiday Blush Sets and have had great success with sets like the Tarte Special Edition Holiday QVC Amazonian Clay Blush Set that launched with the Tarte Holiday 2013 Collection or even the Tarte Chic to Cheek Amazonian Clay Blush Set that launched with Tarte Holiday 2014. But the the blushes in these sets are typically considerably different compared to the regular full-size range. In the case of the Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush this is even more obvious than ever before!
These were very, very dense. Again, this is pretty standard with the Holiday sets but in most cases they apply and wear well but this set proved difficult to work with. The texture was very stiff and I ended up having to haul out a kabuki brush because I couldn’t pick up color very well with a regular blush brush. A kabuki brush goes a long way at actually picking up color and allowing for good application but you shouldn’t have to be forced to improvise different application methods to use a formula you know? The exception to the rule here was Vibrant which also had a dense texture but applied considerably easier with a regular blush brush. Once you get them on they look nice and they wear well at around eight hours before fading. But…the problem of actually applying them is an issue for me. I think these are a rather poor way to represent the original blush collection as anyone new to the brand buying this set will automatically assume the single full-size shades are just as bad as this. This in turn might make them not want to buy a full-size and that’s a shame since we all know how gorgeous that formula is.
I would love to rave the Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Amazonian Clay Blush Set as I have years past but this year I fear the formula and quality simply weren’t there. Sadly, this one was a skip for me.
Do share your thoughts on the set!